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They say that we ain't got the style,
We ain't got the class,
We ain't got the tunes that's goin to put us on the map
And I'm a phony in disguise,
Tryin to make the radio,
I'm an anti-social anarchist, I sound like so and so,
They say I'm just a stupid kid,
Another crazy radical,
Rock and roll is dead I probably should've stayed in school,
Another generation X who somehow slipped up through the cracks,
Oh they'd love to see me fall but I'm already on my back

And it goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin' shit but you know I never bother,
It goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin' shit,
They can kiss the back of my hand

Now I know I'm not a saint,
I been a sinner all my life,
I ain't tryin to hide me flaws,
I'd rather keep them in the light,
They wanna criticise, scrutinize,
Cast another stone,
Burn me at the stake and sit and watch it from their throne,
They say the devil is my pal,
I do a lotta drugs!
The crowd will only like me if they're really fuckin' drunk,
They think they know my thoughts,
But they don't know the least,
If they listened to the words they'd find the message tucked beneath

But it goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin shit even though they never bother,
It goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin' shit, they can kiss the back of my hand

(You hear that... you hear what's coming? Oh you better run for the hills, cos we're coming to your town, and we're gonna burn that mother fucker down! )

Here's the moral to the story,
We don't do it for the glory,
We don't do it for the money,
We don't do it for the fame
So all the critics who despise, go ahead and criticise,
It's your tyranny that drives us, adds the fire to our flames

And it goes
In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin' shit but you know we'll never bother,
It goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
I'm only playing music cos you know I fuckin love it,
It goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin' shit but you know we'll never bother,
It goes In One Ear, and right out the other,
People talkin shit well you know they can kiss the back of my hand.



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    UnregisteredAug 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm
    In an interview, matt explained that the song was about how people in his religious hometown saw their band as a rebellious group who "turned their backs on god". They used the song as a way to release a lot of the frustration that they had towards the way people viewed and critisized their music and made assumptions about them. This theme is pretty much demonstrated through out the entire song, but is pretty well described in these lines,
    "they think they know my thoughts,
    But they don't know the least,
    If they listened to the words they'd find the message tucked beneath"
  • u
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    UnregisteredApr 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm
    Just listen to the lyrics. It's about doing what you love because you love it, not because others tell you to do it. And if it's really what you want, then it doesn't matter who criticises you for it.
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    UnregisteredOct 17, 2013 at 7:36 am
    There's two meanigs of this song.
    1.Some people just dont understand the meanings of their songs
    i.e If they listened to the words they'd find the message tucked beneath

    But it goes In One Ear,
    And right out the other,
    People talkin shit even though they never bother(listening)

    Meaning 2.The insults and bad reviews go right through their ears(Meaning they wont change to appeal to the masses,they'll keep doing whatever they want
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    UnregisteredJul 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm
    Here's the moral to the story,
    we don't do it for the glory,
    we don't do it for the money,
    we don't do it for the fame
    so all the critics who despise, go ahead and criticise,
    it's your tyranny that drives us, adds the fire to our flames
  • u
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    UnregisteredJun 27, 2012 at 7:45 am
    People don't accept them for their devilish rock and roll and think that they won't ever make it. But cage the elephant don't give a sh*t.

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